It seems like Dallas loves spending 2nd round picks on Tight Ends, but the best one who has ever played here is still on the roster and came in the third round. I have reason to believe Gavin Escobar will do what Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett failed to do as the 2nd TE opposite Jason Witten. That is become a true threat for the other team. I think pre-injury John Phillips and last year’s rookie James Hanna did this better than either Fasano or Bennett in their time here. Escobar comes here possessing the best hands at TE since maybe Jason Witten. He has a great work ethic, and unlike the uber talented Bennett, he isn’t coming here expecting to be featured. He wants to earn his place, not have it handed to him. That will matter when the bullets fly.
This is potentially Tony Romo’s best season staring right at us. It better be given the contract he just signed. If he isn’t the star most people see, he may never live it down. I think he is more focused than ever, and I think there is a chip on his shoulder much like the one Tom Brady is noted for having over his Draft status. Tony Romo is working harder than ever we hear. The dividend of the investment needs to pay off big.
Finally there is one last thing that should aid Tony Romo this year which he has not had in recent years. A Defense worthy of being on the field. Call it whatever you want, but the late Jim Johnson, Dick Lebeau, and Monte Kiffin, to me, are the holy trinity of Defensive coaches in the NFL. I am still not quite sure I believe we landed Monte Kiffin. His energy, his teaching, and his right hand man, Rod Marinelli, give me confidence that the switch to the 4-3 scheme with this personnel package is going to be one of the most aggressive, successful Defenses in the NFL. With the expected return of Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, along with the Cover Cornerbacks Kiffin has here in Carr and Claiborne, I fully expect the Cowboys Defense to make a difference in a lot of games this year.
I do not believe we’re going to see complicated coverages. I do not believe we’re going to see bend but don’t break packages. We’re going to see a team flying to the football trying to take it away. We’re going to see a team that pressures the other guys into mistakes. Monte Kiffin has never had a pass rusher like Demarcus Ware. He too will be coming back healthy, and now he is only going to have one assignment and read. That is go get the football or the man who has it.